Jay Walker
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded byDarryl A. Kelley
Personal details
Born
Jewel Jacobia Walker

(1972-01-24) January 24, 1972 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Monique Anderson-Walker
Children3
ResidenceFort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
EducationHoward University (BA)
Football career
No. 6
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight229 lb (104 kg)
CollegeLong Beach State
Howard
NFL draft1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 198
Career history
As player
1994New England Patriots
1995Barcelona Dragons
1996–1997Minnesota Vikings

Jay Walker (born January 24, 1972) is an American businessman, politician, and former NFL player serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for the 26th district. Walker is also CEO and president of Walker Financial Services and a college football analyst for ESPN.[1]

Early life and education

Born in California, Walker attended University High School in Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Howard University.

Career

Football

Walker played quarterback in both college and professional football, after a brief stint in professional baseball. After high school, he was drafted by Major League Baseball's California Angels organization.[1] He spent one year as a pitcher in the minor leagues before deciding to pursue college football.[1] He initially attended Long Beach State but transferred when football was eliminated as a sport at the school.[2]

Walker later joined the Howard Bison, where he set single-season records for pass completions and passing yardage, as well as a single-game record for pass completions (with 38).[3] His passing earned him the nickname "Sky Walker." He was selected to the All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) teams in both 1993 and 1994, and named Offensive Player of the Year in 1994.[3] That season, the Bison recorded an undefeated regular season while winning the MEAC championship and a claim to the black college football national championship; the team also secured the school's first NCAA Division I-AA playoff bid and a top-ten national ranking.[3][4][5] In 2005, Walker was voted into the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Walker pursued a professional career in the National Football League when he was selected in the 7th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.[2] Walker spent the 1995 season in the World League of American Football with the Barcelona Dragons, where he suffered an injury during a game in which a lack of running backs required him to throw a pass on every play.[6] Following the injury, he lost his job with New England, but he returned to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, where he served as a backup for two years. He attempted two career NFL passes, both for completions.[7]

Maryland Legislature

Walker has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since January 2007. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.[8]

Walker sponsored House Bill 30 in 2007, establishing the Maryland Educational Fund.[9]

Personal life

Walker is married to Monique Anderson-Walker, a politician. He lives in Fort Washington, Maryland and has three children.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Jay Walker". ESPN Press Room U.S. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hunt, Donald (August 20, 2012). "Jay Walker, former Howard QB, finds second career in broadcast booth". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "2005 Howard Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class". Howard University. Archived from the original on November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
  4. ^ "Paying Tribute To Howard's 1993 Undefeated Football Champions". Howard University Athletics. October 24, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Meet The Delegate". Friends of Jay Walker. January 1, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Carlson, Michael (September 23, 1996). "Quarterbacks' Sneak: WLAF to NFL". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jay Walker". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
  8. ^ "Jay Walker, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. March 3, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "BILL INFO-2007 1st Special Session-HB 30". mlis.state.md.us. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Jay Walker, Maryland State Delegate". msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved December 13, 2021.